Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of PMS?

Most women feel some mild discomfort before their periods. But if you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed or uncomfortable that you can't cope at home or at work. Some of the symptoms of PMS are listed below. Your symptoms may be worse some months and better others.

Symptoms of PMS

  • Acne
  • Back pain
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Changes in appetite, including cravings for certain foods
  • Constipation
  • Crying spells
  • Depression
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Feeling irritable, tense or anxious
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Hot flashes
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings
  • Not feeling as interested in sex
  • Tender and swollen breasts
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Wanting to be alone
  • Weight gain

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/96

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